Georgia Deer News
Spring planting for wildlife April 20, 2014 Georgia, Albany Herald 
 ... Bottomland hardwood forests should be protected from fire and maintained for mast production in the fall and winter months. Less desirable trees within these stands, such as maple, yellow poplar, sweetgum and unproductive oaks, can be removed to allow more sunlight to reach the forest floor... White-tailed deer: Cowpeas (plant May 1 – July 15) ...

Wildlife Expert Rips Fed’s New CWD Policy March 31, 2014 Georgia,  Bowhunting 
... Fischer said the USDA’s revised program standards do not meet its goals ... “In the revised version of the CWD program, nearly all of the guidelines, all the options that were more stringent, were deleted at the request of the captive-cervid industry; and more liberal guidelines were added that greatly increase risks,” ...

Proposed Hunting Regulations March 27, 2014 Georia, GDNR News
     Proposed amendments to hunting regulations for the 2014-2015 season are under consideration by the Board of Natural Resources. These proposals establish hunting opportunities on the following properties being added to the Wildlife Management Area system: Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA (owned by The Nature Conservancy) and the Spirit Creek Forest (owned by the Georgia Forestry Commission). The Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA is 10,800 acres in three tracts located in Marion and Talbot Counties. The Spirit Creek Forest is 570 acres in Richmond County. Review the proposed amendments to hunting regulations.  Two public hearings on the above proposals have been scheduled for April 15 and April 16.

Jekyll Island, Panel considers deer sharpshooters March 19, 2014 Georgia, TheBrunswickNews.com
 ... The committee, which has met twice, is waiting to hear from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for information on the sharpshooter option ... "We haven't decided that that's what we will do, but they are the only group (the state Department of Natural Resources) would permit ... to do that service." ...

Top deer researchers in Athens for annual meeting February 13, 2014 Georgia, Athens Banner-Herald ·
...  deer as management experts, researchers and hunting enthusiasts begin a three-day conference Sunday evening in Athens. The 37th annual meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group will be held Feb. 16-18 at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center...

QDMA Offers Student Scholarships to Attend Deer Steward Courses February 3, 2014 Georgia, AmmoLand.com 
... Applications will be accepted from high school juniors and seniors or college students who are interested in a career in wildlife management... Applications are due by March 1, 2014 ... [More information at QDMA]

... The best news from [Quality Deer Management] ... In 1989, the percentage of yearling bucks in the U.S. whitetail harvest was a whopping 62 percent... declined steadily over the decades, to an all-time record low of 37 percent during the 2012-13 season ...

Deer issues on Wildlife Resouce Division ballot January 23, 2014 Georgia, Online Athens
... Each January, Georgia Outdoor News offers the chance to voice opinions on issues that affect sportsmen. This year the questions center around the future of deer hunting in Georgia as the state Wildlife Resource Division prepares a 10-year deer-management plan...

... The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), in partnership with Clemson University, has extended its offer for active military personnel serving in combat zones to take the online version of its Deer Steward certification course free-of-charge (a $200 value).

Fewer deer carcasses recovered on Columbia County roads January 20, 2014 Georgia, Augusta Chronicle 
... Since 2009, the county has seen a 36 percent decrease in the amount of dead deer recovered from roads... The drop in dead deer, Taylor said, could be a sign of a decline in the overall population within the county.  He estimates that there are 950,000 deer in Georgia, which is down from more than a million in the early 1990s...

Deer that jumped into Pizza Hut has died January 14, 2014 Georgia, WALB-TV
... Authorities said the deer died during transport after the incident. Officials tranquilized the deer at the scene, but noted the deer had lost a lot of blood and had serious injuries ...

Deer Plan Update January 4, 2104 Georgia, The Augusta Chronicle
... wildlife authorities prepare to revise the state’s official “deer management plan” that will outline the path forward for the next decade.  The current plan was created in 2005 and relied on the best data of that period ... With all the changes that have occurred over the past decade, including the expansion of coyotes, increasing numbers of hunters and new trends in the timber industry ...

Red Top State Park, DNR and Red Top seek controlled deer population December 8, 2013 Georgia, The Daily Tribune News 
... “We actually had a problem [in the early to mid-2000s]. There were a number of car collisions ... [The hunts] are not open to the general public, you actually have to apply and have a lottery number selected to be one of the hunters ... " Kim Hatcher, public affairs coordinator for Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites, said...

According to Chris Carlisle with the Department of Natural Resources, so far this year, there have been 39 deer stand accidents in the state of Georgia December 21, 2013



Regs for deer hunting change December 5, 2013 Georgia, Eatonton Messenger
... Why were the number of firearms either-sex days reduced? A few factors went into this decision, including the decline in the number of fawns that survive into fall and an increase in doe harvest rates... 

Deer hunters should review either sex day changes for 2013-14 season December 5, 2013 Georgia, lincolnjournalonline.com 
... More than 300,000 hunters pursue the most popular game animal in Georgia, the white-tailed deer. As a reminder to hunters, there was a regulation change in the number of available days to take deer of either sex depending on the type of equipment used and the area of your hunt, beginning Dec. 1...

In Late-Rut States, Bucks Are on the Move December 3, 2013 Georgia, Field and Stream (blog)
...  less activity here in Georgia ...  not case in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama, where whitetails are inching closer to the rut. Some reports of early chasing are coming in and pre-rut activities are cranking up...

Buck-only days return in Georgia this weekend November 30, 2013 Georgia Mobile Augusta 
... The change was adopted long before our season began, due to an increasing number of studies that indicate fawn recruitment continues to decline, while our annual doe harvest continues to increase.  The folks at the Wildlife Resources Department simply want to ensure a herd that is sustainable from year to year ...  

... in Greene and Hancock counties.  These new tracts enhance the Oconee WMA by increasing the availability of public land for hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts...


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Georgia data: The deer herd is estimated at 900,000 to 1 million in 2011 to 2013, down from about 1.4 million in the 1990s. The 2005 Deer Management plan intentionally reduced the herd size. In 2013, hunters requested a shorter hunting season to support the deer population.  Coyote predation and changes in the timber industry that have impacted habitat are pushing deer numbers down.  In 1937, the herd was estimated at about 12,500, the result of unregulated hunting.

Poacher Hotline:  The public can reach the TIP hotline by dialing 1-800-241-4113, by dialing *DNR on a cell phone, or by sending an email to TurnInPoachers@dnr.state.ga.us . Those reporting should try to obtain the following information: the type of violation, a description of the violator, description of the violator’s vehicle, and the date, time and location of the violation.

Georgia DNR Wildlife News

Other useful links:
Amicalola Deer Park in Dawsonville, North Georgia 
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division
Goal: The Wildlife Division is charged with conserving, enhancing and promoting Georgia's wildlife resources. From Wildlife About Us
For more information on deer hunting seasons, regulations, licenses and WMA maps: www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting.
Opinion & Attitude Survey Toward Deer Management in Georgia GDNR
Deer Lab at University of Georgia Deer Management Research Group. The DMRG was founded in 2011...Deer Lab 

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